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Key Leader: Changing lives of all ages

Kiwanian Paul Meyer volunteers at Key Leader

by Tony Knoderer

Many Kiwanis club members have a general idea of what a Key Leader weekend is—and what it does for the high school/secondary school students who attend. You may know that it’s a weekend retreat with workshops, discussions and team-building activities that develop leadership skills.

Maybe you even know that it changes lives. But do you know that yours could be one of them? An inspiring aspect of Key Leader is the impact it has on the adults who volunteer for a weekend event.

Take Paul Meyer. Going in, he wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the event. But he came away having enjoyed a transformative experience. “The blooming of youth just astounds you,” he says now.

At Kiwanis International, we enjoyed Paul’s story so much, we’ve included it on the Success Stories page at the Key Leader website. Check it out—it’s not just the kids who learn great new things about themselves. Paul’s experience is proof of that.

And if you’ve volunteered for a Key Leader weekend, we’d love to learn your story. Leave a comment here. Share your experience on Key Leader’s Facebook page. And if you have a blog, tell your Key Leader story there and send us the link at

After all, nothing is more persuasive than the testimony of someone who’s been there.

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